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Focus Area DynAge

Relief for caring relatives: institutional and individual perspectives (Focus Area DynAge project)

 

1.18 million people in Germany care for a relative at home, making it the largest and most important 'care service' in Germany.

However, caring for a family member with chronic age-related illnesses often involves a great deal of time, financial and emotional strain. In this context, it does not seem surprising that family members providing care are significantly more likely to fall ill than the general population. For example, 17% of all family carers suffer from depression and burnout.

Not only politicians have reacted to this and there is now a wide range of offers to relieve the burden on caregiving relatives.

This ranges from psychosocial services such as self-help groups or psychotherapy, to domestic services such as meals on wheels, to the care services offered by outpatient nursing services. But what do carers know about these services, what do they use and how much relief do they really provide?

From an interdisciplinary perspective (economics, psychology and health sciences), this project examines criteria for the success of support services as well as barriers and factors that promote their use.